Trent Alexander-Arnold sends Manchester City trophy message as Liverpool ‘finances’ case is made

According to the Liverpool Echo, Trent Alexander-Arnold feels Liverpool’s recent success “means more” than Manchester City’s triumphs owing to the clubs’ divergent financial methods. City are still at the focus of the Premier League’s massive financial probe, with 115 allegations against them for suspected offences committed between 2009 and 2018. If the team is discovered to have broken such laws, many have pointed out the blemish this would leave on Pep Guardiola’s winning machine.

Liverpool has competed with the incumbent Premier League champions since 2018, and were involved in two championship chases of epic proportions in 2018/19 and 2021/22, both of which finished with the Reds missing out on top position by a single point on the last day of the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s team became the first to halt Guardiola’s men from blasting to another title in the 2019/20 season, and the Reds want to do it again this season. While City may have won twice as many major awards as Liverpool throughout the Klopp and Guardiola eras (14 versus 7), Alexander-Arnold has questioned if City’s wins have the same sentimental worth.

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“This is challenging. You’re up against a machine designed to win – that’s the simplest way to describe City and their structure,” the Reds’ right-back told Four Four Two. “Looking back on this era, while they may have won more titles and been more successful, our trophies will mean more to us and our supporters due to the financial realities at both teams. How both clubs created their squads, and the way we did it, certainly meant more to our fans.”

As the closing weeks of 2023/24 approach, there is nothing that separates the two clubs. City, who appeared to be falling short of their typical standards over the holiday season, have battled back in style as they seek a fourth successive English Premier League title – a feat never before accomplished in this nation.

“From the turn of the year, City switched it on, and it’s a difficult machine to stop,” said Alexander-Arnold. “But we’ve demonstrated in the past that we can do it, so there’s no reason why we couldn’t equal them this season. We are thrilled to be affiliated with City and believe we are in a fantastic position. I’m confident they’ll be motivated, as are we. It’s going to be a fantastic conclusion.”

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